Helicopter pilots discover a mysterious monolith. Judging by its absolutely magnificent appearance, could it be a preplanning of an alien invasion or just another beautiful history yet to be unraveled by mankind?
When he found the unusual structure, helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings was out counting sheep over the Utah Desert.
It is estimated that the monolith is about 10 ft and 12 ft high (about 3 meters) and appears to be planted in the soil.
It seemed to be made of metal and shone in sharp contrast to the surrounding big red rocks.
Mr. Hutchings told the local KSLTV news channel, "That was the strangest thing I've come across out there in all my flying years."
The one who found it is one of the biologists and we just happened to fly straight over the top of it.
"He was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turns around!' And I was like, 'What?' And he was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turns around!' And I was like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!' And he was like, 'There's this thing back there we've got to look at it!'"
The object looked man-made and did not look like it had fallen from the sky, he explained.
Hutchings said, "I'm assuming he's some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody who was a big 2001 fan: a Space Odyssey fan."
The monolith and its setting resembled a popular scene from the 1968 film by Stanley Kubrick, in which a group of monkeys meet a giant slab.
"Hutchings said We were sort of playing around that if one of us disappears unexpectedly, then the rest of us make a run for it.
The two men even jumped on the shoulders of each other to mimic the behavior of the monkey in the notorious film.
The DPS posted on its website photographs and footage of the discovery, and it is possible to hear a person taking one of the videos saying: "The intrepid explorers go down to explore the alien life form."
They add, laughing, "Who does this kind of stuff?... it's just wild."
With one writing: "Initiate the protocols and meet at the rendezvous point. It's begun." social media users laughed at what the monolith might symbolize.
Another theory was that the metal was made, saying, "I imagine it's an art piece - but what if it isn't."
"Leave it be, this is not the year," another joked.